I was hired to do a simple, short term job. I was handing out flyers (aka brochure) to promote a new online store in busy public areas. The other day my manager told me there "had been an incident". The story is fragmented to me but from what I understand these are the facts
- a "male delivery driver" was holding several of our flyers
- he was frustrated with the construction work in the area and out of anger tossed the flyers on the ground
- "shortly after" this occurred, someone slipped on them and was injured and that "there were several witnesses"
- I was sent a photo of several of our flyers as some sort of proof
I had a phone call about this with my manager. Given the time and location, it must have been me or the person I was working with. I told the manager I have no idea how this could have happened and suggested wouldn't the delivery man who threw them on the ground be liable.
The next day I was terminated for this "incident" and after talking to my coworkers. I have been in touch with the partner I had been working with. It seems like she heard of this incident but said she was not terminated and had nothing to do with it. Should I ask her to tell the manager that she did not see me do something that may have caused this to happen?
We are paid for time worked, not flyers distributed. I can think of no incentive why one of us would intentionally drop them on the ground. It's offensive to me that they are acting as if I caused a stranger’s injury. The photo showed 6 flyers and I am certain I never even gave one person that many.
The company considered us contractors but it probably would be found we are employees as we don't set out schedules and don't use our own tools etc. Now, this was a short term job that I had worked a week. I was not interested in working long term for them. It would have been nice to finish the shifts I had been scheduled for. All things considered, is there any point in challenging my termination? I would feel better if I voiced my side of the story. It seems like calling my manager or a higher up one couldn't make anything worse? If I'm not interested in working for the company again, does being terminated in any other way affect me negatively? I think this may be a scam and someone just wants money from the company.
I was with my partner the whole time and would think she would be able to vouch for me. Unless of course she was plotting against me. Also I was looking at the screen shot of the complaint message again, it seemed like it was submitted using the anonymous feedback form on the website.